Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett Has a Burn Book

By on 11.12.14 | 4:08PM

To start, I don't think that Valerie Jarrett is the President's real problem. Everyone has that sycophantic friend that they call on to reassure them that it's okay, when you know it's not. Like when you ned someone to tell you that that red dress you bought that's two sizes too small doesn't make you look like you've been eating nothing but Krispy Kremes for a month, and that it doesn't really matter that you had to walk home barefoot Sunday morning with your panties balled up in your purse. Not that either of those things has ever happened to me. But the point is, every girl's got a friend with low self-esteem that helps them repair their psyche and pick up 8's on Tindr.

Valerie Jarrett is that kind of person, either to Michelle or to Barack Obama. The apparent problem with Valerie Jarrett is that, unlike other people who have these types of friends, the Obamas seem to have given her real power, and have now reached a point where she exacts too much influence within their inner circle. And, consequently, instead of using her flattery to temporarily rebuild their self-image following a devastating defeat, they've started to believe her hype. 

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An Officer and a Gentleman

By on 2.13.11 | 6:01PM

CNN contributor and former Chicago Tribune columnist Bob Greene tells the story of a gracious act by Four-star Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli toward White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, after President Obama's longtime friend mistook the General for a waiter at a dinner and asked him to bring her a glass of wine:

Rather than take offense, or try to make Jarrett feel small for her blunder, the general, in good humor, went and poured her a glass of wine. It was evident that he wanted to defuse the awkward moment, and to let Jarrett know that she should not feel embarrassed.

As Chiarelli wrote in an e-mail to CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr:

"It was an honest mistake that ANYONE could have made. She was sitting, I was standing and walking behind her and all she saw were the two stripes on my pants which were almost identical to the waiters' pants -- REALLY. She apologized and will come to the house for dinner if a date can be worked out in March."

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Valerie Jarrett’s Show

By 9.8.09

Van Jones was not an isolated hire but a key cog in Obama's chief diversity operative's government-wide operation.
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Hitting Close to Home

By 1.12.09

Richardson withdrawal points spotlight at Obama's ties to Illinois housing industry. Also: Rangel kept out of the stimulus loop.
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